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Roald Dahl was a famous British Writer - Roald Dahl Roald Dahl was a famous British writer. He was inspired to write because of his dreams and life experiences. He enjoyed telling bedtime stories to his children. These bedtime stories were published and some were made into films. Roald Dahl was great writer and was recognized for his work. Roald Dahl was a famous British Writer. He was born in Llandeff, Wales on September 13th 1916. His parents, Harold and Sofie, came from Norway. He had four sisters, Astri, Affhild, Else and Astra, His father died when Roald was only four years old....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Contrasting The Styles of CS Lewis and William Gibson Using Neuromancer and That Hideous Strength - Contrasting The Styles of CS Lewis and William Gibson Using Neuromancer and That Hideous Strength The styles of C.S Lewis and William Gibson occupy opposite poles in the Science fiction realm; chronologically, sub-genre-wise, and most importantly, in terms of style. They differ significantly, in terms of use of language, tone and personal philosophy. Yet both are brilliant examples of great science fiction. Style is one of the most important elements in any written work, perhaps as much so as content....   [tags: Compare Contrast Literature] 1996 words
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Role of Female Characters in Fidelman's Epiphany in Naked Nude - Role of Female Characters in Fidelman's Epiphany in Naked Nude Word Count Includes Outline    Thesis:  In his picturesque short story, "The Naked Nude", Bernard Malamud uses the female characters to develop, enact, and resolve Fidelman's epiphany and to bring about the protagonist's final, artistic self-understanding. Bernard Malamud, a leading contemporary Jewish author, skirts between fantasy and reality in his almost allegorical short fiction, teaching the reader a lesson through coinciding elements of beauty and comedy.  Venturing away from his usual, inner-city Jewish element, Malamud tackles new challenges of subject and setting in his novelistic collection of short stories, Pictures of Fidelman   Malamud develops his protagonist through a series of six, interrelated short works, each of which may function entirely independent from the others.  In "The Naked Nude," for instance, Fidelman comes to a new, artistic maturity through his attempt to copy the famous painting "Venus of Urbino" by Titian Tiziano.  Malamud's recurring theme of self-knowledge through suffering permeates this short work.  Scarpio and Angelo, as primary antagonists, provide the bulk of this suffering for Fidelman.  It is his own mental captivity concerning the female nude, however, that gives cause for Fidelman's eventual epiphany as an artist and as an individual.  His relationship to the women in the work shapes his ability to capture the form  of the "Venus" and to come to grips with his own self-worth.  In "The Naked Nude," Bernard Malamud uses the female characters to develop, enact, and resolve Fidelman's epiphany and to bring about the protagonist's final, artistic self understanding.              At the story's outset, Fidelman is forced to act as janitor and manservant to a group of ill mannered prostitutes under the employment of the padrone, Angelo.  These offensive characters establish the first of a series of mental obstacles in the imprisoned protagonist's attempt to copy Titian's nude.  They  torment Fidelman with cynical laughter and exploit his demeaning position.  His sexual insecurity is established at the beginning of the story when he ponders his violent guillotine sketch, asking "A man's head or his sex?...either case a terrible wound" (Malamud 318).  The limited omniscient narrator, revealing Fidelman's thoughts and feelings, also suggests that he could gain "no inspiration from whores,"  and that "maybe too many naked women around made it impossible to draw a nude" (Malamud  325)....   [tags: Naked Nude Bernard Malamud] 1297 words
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Heaven and Hell Divided in C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce - Heaven and Hell Divided in C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce   C. S. Lewis is known throughout the world for his ability to tuck theology into fantasy. He's the author of many books such as the Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. One of his less popular books, but one that he considered among his favorites, was The Great Divorce. The title refers to the separation of Heaven and Hell.   Although a relatively thin book, it is packed with thought provoking questions concerning ones faith....   [tags: Lewis Great Divorce] 1002 words
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gatdream Probing the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Probing the American Dream in The Great Gatsby        The history of America is filled with rapid change and remarkable energy. "America has progressed from a small collection of European rebels to the economically dominant nation that it is today" (Literature Classics). Entwined in the provocative reputation of America is the celebrated ideal of the American Dream, a fantasy of independence combined with the opportunity to attain wealth through hard work.  At the heart of the American Dream lies the aspiration of eternal bliss, which is always 'just around the corner.' The American Dream does not allow complacency; the need for continual progress is always present, urging one to work a little harder....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Catherine Lucille Moore's Shambleu and Greek Mythology - Catherine Lucille Moore's Shambleu and Greek Mythology Throughout history, humans have had legends, myths and folk tales. Many of these dealt with monsters that cannot be found on the planet Earth, at least any more, especially the myths of ancient Greece. In such cases, there can be a fine line between where myth ends and science fiction starts. In Catherine Lucille Moore’s short story "Shambleau," one such myth crosses that line. That myth is the ancient Greek myth of the Gorgons. Gorgons had snakes for hair and could turn anyone into stone by looking at them in the eyes....   [tags: Science Fiction Greece Myth Essays]
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Duffy Little Red Cap poem - Duffy Little Red Cap poem In “Little Red Cap” discuss the use of imagery, syntax and structure. Plan: Introduction to the collection of poems Similarities and differences between this poem and original fairytale Imagery – how has Duffy used the words used to create pictures in the reader’s head. Syntax – word order. Why has she written sentences the way she has. Emphasis on a particular word. Structure – length of stanzas “Little Red Cap” is written by Carol Ann Duffy found in a collection of poems called “The world’s wife”, where she has given a voice to the women (fantasy characters and real people) who have generally been silent or their thoughts made clear through the voices of their husband’s or partner’s....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 1809 words
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Going After Cacciato - ... The purpose of the soldier also plays a large part in the Going After Cacciato story as well. The conversations between Captain Rhallon, Doc, and the Lt., not only make arguments as to the purpose of war but also the purpose of soldiers, and it seems that each man has a different take as to what the purpose of the soldier truly is. For example, Doc exclaims “We’re talking about how it feels. How it feels on the ground. And I'm saying the common grunt doesn't give a damn about purposes and justice....   [tags: Character Analysis, Paul Berlin] 2712 words
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Magical Realism and Man's Search for Meaning - Magical Realism and Man's Search for Meaning Five Works Cited Real life experiences that happen in a person's life are important, and these are what magical realism is all about. The meaning of life is wrapped all into our way of living. The world is full of passion and magic and without this passion and magic the world would not exist. Victor Frankl, a 2oth century psychiatrist, had this passion as well as a lot of other people who have survived many obstacles in their lives. Magic is the marvelous in reality....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism] 682 words
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Online Pornography as a Threat of Violence - Online Pornography as a Threat of Violence In 1994, a male University of Michigan student posted a sexually explicit short story to alt.sex.stories, a widely-read USENET newsgroup. (While USENET hosts are technically neither a subset nor a superset of the Internet, it, like the Internet, is a decentralized computer network, and the vast majority of its traffic passes over the Internet.) It is unclear whether anything would have happened to Jake Baker, who posted the story, had he not used the name and physical description of a female student who attended a class with him and either lived in the same dorm or nearby....   [tags: Pornography Essays]
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Catcher In The Rye - CATCHER IN THE RYE The book, Catcher in the Rye, has been steeped in controversy since it was banned in America after its first publication. John Lennon’s assassin Mark Chapman, asked the former Beatle to sign a copy of the book earlier in the morning of the day he murdered Lennon. Police found the book in his possession upon apprehending the psychologically disturbed Chapman. However, the book itself contains nothing that might have lead Chapman to act as he did. It could have been just any book that he was reading the day he decided to kill John Lennon and as a result, it was the Catcher in the Rye, a book describing a nervous breakdown, that caused the media to speculate widely about the possible connection....   [tags: essays research papers] 1349 words
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Flaws In Twains Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - Flaws in Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is by any means a classic. However, there are several flaws. First of all the coincidence that everything happens with in my mind detracts some from the story. The other major problem is that the book seems to drag on and on the closer you get to the end, as if Twain had a page quota to fill and was not worried about the story. The other problem brought up on our hand-out was Huck's lack of seriousness in what was a very serious situation for Jim....   [tags: essays research papers] 901 words
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The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein - “The Hobbit” Book Report “The Hobbit” was written by J. R. R. Tolkien and secured as a copyright in 1937. The story is about a short, peaceful creature named Bilbo Baggins who, like most hobbits, is about half as tall as a human, but not nearly as loud. Bilbo resides in his comfortable hole where he leads a very easy-going life. He does, however have a side to himself that wants to go out and explore the world and be adventurous. One day a wizard, named Gandalf, comes to Bilbo’s house and discovers that he could use an adventure to make a difference in his life....   [tags: essays research papers] 871 words
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The Yellow Wallpaper - The Yellow Wallpaper Although on the surface The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a story about one woman’s struggles with sanity it is not. In truth, it is a story about the dominant/submissive relationship between an oppressive husband and his submissive wife. The husband, John, pushes his wife’s depression to a point quite close to insanity. The narrator seems to destroy herself through her overactive imagination and her urge to write. When they arrive she seems well in control of her faculties, but by the time they are readying for departure, she has broken down....   [tags: essays research papers] 961 words
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Oliver Stone's JFK - Oliver Stone's JFK Oliver Stone's JFK was a movie about the investigation by a district attorney, Jim Garrison, about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. JFK was one of the most controversial films of its time dealing with the decades-long debate about who actually killed President Kennedy. Was it done by the lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald and his magic bullet that pierced through the bodies of the two men creating seven wounds. Or was it the end result of a detailed scheme masterminded by the Mafia involving the U.S....   [tags: Movie Film ] 1445 words
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Montage in Films and Music Videos - ... In this video montage all the traditional rules of continuity are broken; there are jump cuts from one sequence to another which gives audience the visual of actions happening in a different location. In the beginning of the video, the audience would be puzzled with different random shots but when related with the lyrics several assumptions can be created one of which can be to fight the fear within. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3jCPtxOkGo While talking about continuity of shots, montage also wipes out the rule of time and space continuityas in traditional film editing....   [tags: Film Review, Montage] 2456 words
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Motication for Premiditated Murder - ... “The Cask of Amontillado” is a tale about hatred and revenge. It can be considered to be “the finest of all Poe’s tales of horror” (Cody 36). A man named Monstresor lures Fortunato into his family vault under the assumption that Monstresor was going to show Fortunato new wine. In actuality, Monstresor chains Fortunato to a stone and bricks him into the crypt. The reason Mostresor did this was due to revenge, based from humiliation from Fortunato and wanted vengeance. Monstresor is depicted as a man who successfully commits a premeditated murder and escapes unpunished....   [tags: Literacy Analysis, Edgar Allen Poe]
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gatmoral Moral and Emotional Range of The Great Gatsby - The Moral and Emotional Range of The Great Gatsby Throughout Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, there is a broad spectrum of moral and social views demonstrated by various characters. At one end, is Tom, a man who attacks Gatsby's sense of propriety and legitimacy, while thinking nothing of running roughshod over the lives of those around him. A direct opposite of Tom's nature is Gatsby, who displays great generosity and caring, yet will stop at nothing to achieve his dream of running off with Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 646 words
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One Hundred Years of Solitude - Magic Realism - One Hundred Years of Solitude - Magic Realism One Hundred Years of Solitude  Magic realism is a literary form in which odd, eerie, and dreamlike tales are related as if the events were commonplace. Magic realism is the opposite of the "once-upon-a-time" style of story telling in which the author emphasizes the fantastic quality of imaginary events. In the world of magic realism, the narrator speaks of the surreal so naturally it becomes real. Magic realism can be traced back to Jorge Luis Borges, who wrote during the 1920s,according to noted critic Franco (309)....   [tags: One Hundred Years of Solitude] 554 words
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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Penelope and Odysseus - Homer's Odyssey: Penelope and Odysseus Homer revealed the characters' inner thoughts to add to the suspense that builds up in books 19 and 20 of The Odyssey. Some question whether Odysseus was recognized by Penelope and if this helped to build up the intensity of the story. Joseph Russo mentioned this topic in "Interview and Aftermath: Dream, Fantasy and Intuition in Odyssey 19 & 20." The lies told by Odysseus also increased the excitement of The Odyssey. Russo believed that Penelope, in her subconscious, did recognize Odysseus disguised as a beggar....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 529 words
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Success is in the Attempt - Success is in the Attempt I may not know exactly what I'm going to be when I grow up but I have embarked on a path of self-discovery and I have discovered that I am a writer. I am a writer. It took a long time for me to admit that writing was more than a hobby, it was a passion. Writing is what I was meant to do. I was so afraid that my desire to make writing into a career was a frivolous, unrealistic fantasy. I never took any risks to make it happen. When I started thinking about college and a career I filled my journal with ideas and desires....   [tags: Graduate College Admissions Essays] 526 words
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Summary and Analysis of The Squire's Tale - Summary and Analysis of The Squire's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale and Prologue to the Squire's Tale: The Host laments the Merchant's tale, praying that he would never find such a terrible wife. The Host admits that he also has a wife that he laments marrying. He advises the Squire to tell a tale next. The Squire's Tale is not complete, ending after only six hundred lines. The Squire's Tale: The Squire tells the tale of Cambyuskan, the king of Sarai in Tartary. With his wife Elpheta he had two sons, Algarsyf and Cambalo, and a daughter Canacee....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Squire's Tale Essays] 604 words
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As I Lay Dying: The Love Of Family - Ah, love. Love is so often a theme in many a well-read novel. In the story, As I Lay Dying, one very important underlying theme is not simply love, but the power to love. Some of the characters have this ability; some can only talk about it. Perhaps more than anyone, Addie and Jewel have this power- one which Jewel, by saving his mother twice, merges with his power to act. As the Bible would have it, he does "not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18)....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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The Comparison Of Forest Of Ar - The Comparison of Forest of Arden versus Forest of Eden It is the innate desire of man to seek a place of freedom, .an utopia, which allows him to escape into fantasies and away from the hardships of reality. In the play 'As you like it'; by William Shakespeare, the playwright indirectly compares the Forest of Arden to the Forest of Eden by exploring the theme of illusions, the idea of the forest as a place of refuge and Arden's mystical powers. The two forests are not only related by the fact that they sound similar but the many imageries and ideas that were mentioned in the play are somewhat related to the story of Genesis....   [tags: essays research papers] 613 words
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The Medias Influence On Society - Unquestionably the media being newspapers, internet, radio and television, influence society. They can affect, have affected and will continue to affect the progression of life in this nation and around the world, as electronic technology continues to be the chosen mode of communication for a whole generation, offering direct, often anonymous influential information. The media presents "one minded" views that have the ability to reflect societies moods and influence the balance of power....   [tags: essays research papers] 535 words
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The Written Word Lives On - The Written Word Lives On Wonderful things contribute to the life of my spirit everyday. With limitless pages bound by a common goal these books keep me ticking. At night while I shudder under my covers Ayne Rand and her John Gault have held me in a stupor for hours on end. Making the cold seem like a fantasy and Gault's hidden valley a physical reality. She has made me standing between my fantasies and I. From the first blessed page of the Cat In the Hat I knew I was finished. My nights of sleep seemed to have no chance....   [tags: essays research papers] 570 words
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Themes in Exodus by Julie Bertanga - ‘Exodus, Julie Bertanga, is a novel that is set in the future. Throughout the book many themes are discovered. The novel delves into the life of a fifteen year old girl, called Mara. It is an adventurous fantasy story, that is about finding yourself and who you are. In this essay, I will be discussing the theme of change and responsibility, and how it is affects the character. Change is one of the biggest themes in this novel. It entwines with all other themes at some stage or another. It begins write at the start of the book and ends with the novel....   [tags: essays research papers] 611 words
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A Rose for Emily - What a mysterious life and death of Miss Emily with a mystifying history of her father and her lover that the whole community was effected by it and had to come to visit her at death, the men came from respect and women out of curiosity to get inside of the olden times and may to discover the secrets of the house. The town that Emily leaved had its own voice that was describing her as ?tradition a duty, and a care?. Everybody in town acted differently to Miss Emily, but they all come together to one opinion that she was a woman who kept her life to herself at the all time....   [tags: essays research papers] 641 words
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Views of Heaven in From the Fifteenth District - Views of Heaven in From the Fifteenth District Mavis Gallant presents us with a disconcerting view of death in the short story "From the Fifteenth District," where dying is not a salvation from the pains of life but where the dead are forced to suffer eternally. In this story, the author sets out three distinct cases of 'haunting,' except that these hauntings are reported by the dead about the living. Major E. Travella, killed during World War I, is angry that he is being exploited by the church and the public....   [tags: Fifteenth District] 955 words
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Comparing Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - Parallels Between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible The most well-known parallel between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible is the story of the Flood, in Genesis 6-7. This is essentially equivalent to the story that Utnapishtim, the Sumerian Noah, tells to Gilgamesh on Tablet XI. Even the way the narrative is laid out is similar - the gods put a bug in Utnapishtim's ear; a description of how the ark is built ("daubed with bitumen," a common glue or mortaring agent in Mesopotamia); everyone piles in, and it starts to rain....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 756 words
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Hardships in Boys and Girls - Boys & Girls    hardships In her story, Boys and Girls, Alice Munro depicts the hardships and successes of the rite of passage into adulthood through her portrayal of a young narrator and her brother. Through the narrator, the subject of the profound unfairness of sex-role stereotyping, and the effect this has on the rites of passage into adulthood is presented. The protagonist in Munro's story, unidentified by a name, goes through an extreme and radical initiation into adulthood, similar to that of her younger brother....   [tags: Boys Girls Essays] 1113 words
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Essay on Attempts to Communicate in The Yellow Wallpaper - Attempts to Communicate in The Yellow Wallpaper Human nature is complex. Its requirements to remain healthy supersede those basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing. It is human to desire attention, companionship, to communicate heart-felt sentiments, and to be understood. In order to acquire self-esteem and to battle loneliness, one naturally searches to have these desires satisfied. Charlotte Perkins Gilman vividly illustrates these human aspirations in The Yellow Wallpaper. Subsequently she paints a horrific picture of someone who fails in her quest....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper essays] 1018 words
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History Recycled in the Works of T.C. Boyle - History Recycled in the Works of T.C. Boyle       "Past and present, sharply separated by the chapter structures, are fused in motifs and unstressed parallels" (DeMott 52).  History's repeating itself is a dominant theme throughout T.C Boyle's novels. If people do not learn from past mistakes, they are likely to fail again. By revisiting history, Boyle teaches the importance of awareness and caution of an ever-changing society. In The Tortilla Curtain a specific migrant problem in the 1930s is modified to fit modern immigration....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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The Intricately Woven Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five - The Intricately Woven Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five At first glance Slaughterhouse-Five appears to be a simplistic story. It is a short account of a man's experiences in World War II and the effects the war had on his life. But by taking a deeper look into Slaughterhouse-Five we see intricately woven themes, contrasts, and morals. Vonnegut has disguised a great lecture against war and an acceptance of death through the idiocy and simplicity of Billy Pilgrim....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays] 2208 words
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James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce's novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) is entirely concerned with the development of its main character, Stephen Dedalus. By comparison with Joyce's earlier version, Stephen Hero [1], we see that he has cut out all extraneous material concerning other characters, and presented a close and detailed account of the development of Stephen's character from infancy to young manhood, the ground previously covered in Stephen Hero being compressed into Chapter 5 of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man....   [tags: James Joyce Portrait Artist Young Man Papers]
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The Great American Illusion - The Great American Illusion The Great Gatsby, written by Scott F. Fitzgerald in the 1920’s is the epitome of the Jazz Age, a phrase coined by the author himself. In the novel, Fitzgerald uses many literary elements to accurately portray the time period in which he lived including setting, characters, diction, and many symbols, which form the majority of the analytical portion of the story. In fact, many of the characters in the book double as a symbol, in order to strengthen a particular motif or theme within the novel....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 981 words
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the fourteenth century, an unknown author wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and now this poem is one thought to be of the finest Arthurian romance that belongs to the Alliterative Revival. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story about many complicated issues, and mainly it concentrates on the character of Gawain who is one of the best knights in Arthur’s kingdom. The action takes place when Arthur is still young and enjoys big celebrations in Camelot....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]
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Life in Dublin - Life in Dublin In his book Dubliners, James Joyce looks deep inside the lives of those who live in Dublin. Many of the characters are bored with how they live their lives. They want desperately to get out of Dublin. They wish to lead exciting lives somewhere else, whether it is in a fantasy or in a different part of Ireland. In this book, they will try to escape their everyday lives by traveling outside of their normal everyday activities. Individuals in society are often portrayed as trying to escape Dublin....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1066 words
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Like Water - Like Water for Chocolate: Summary Like Water for Chocolate is a fictional novel that takes place in Mexico at the turn of the century, during the Mexican Revolution. The novel covers a time span of around thirty five years and is organized in monthly instalments with each month introduced by a traditional Spanish recipe. Most of the novel takes place on a Mexican ranch and is about a family with a very traditional mother. Within this novel, food and love intertwine to form a tale of forbidden romance....   [tags: essays research papers] 808 words
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Lord of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of too much power is summed up by Lord Acton when he once said, "Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely." In Tolkien's first book of his fantasy based trilogy, Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Rings tells a story of a quest to destroy a powerful ring throughout Tolkien's created "Middle Earth". This quest was headed by a "Hobbit" named Frodo Baggins who, in the end, becomes corrupted by power himself. This corruption begins when Frodo uses his ring to become invisible over and over again to escape certain situations....   [tags: essays research papers] 1526 words
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles - In this classic novel “Tess of the D’urbervilles” The story of a peasant woman unfolds into a series of terrific events that can only best be described as fantastic. What really caught my attention in this story, was the fact that it was based on a perfectly reasonable happenings, especially to the date that the novel was written. Lots of morals in the book also apply to present day thinking and reasoning. It seems that basic principals have not changed all that much over the last hundred years....   [tags: essays research papers] 1163 words
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Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë was published in 1848, under the name of Currer Bell. Although the novel is over 150 years old, there are still themes that we can relate to today, such as bullying, prejudice and hypocrisy. In this essay, I am going to discuss the three themes mentioned and also consider admirable characters from the novel; the authors narrative technique and the part that I found appealing. The first issue that I will discuss will be on the bullying that Jane received at Gateshead Hall: the home of her Auntie and cousins....   [tags: English Literature] 1497 words
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A Rebel on His Way to Adulthood Me, myself and I vs The Catcher in the Rye - A Rebel on His Way to Adulthood Me, myself and I vs The Catcher in the Rye Ever since I read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ – I was 17 then – I have tried to explain myself why this book is so significant. Why is it so hated and adored at the same time. I must confess I hadn’t heard anything about Salinger till I watched ‘Conspiracy Theory’. If you don’t remember I’ll tell you that the movie was about this taxi driver Jerry Fletcher who traced conspiracy in everything and all of sudden one of his theories came to be true....   [tags: English Literature]
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Julian Bond on Brown vs. Board of Education - Bond’s Fight From now on, when I think about Brown v Board of Education and the fifty years celebration, Julian Bond comes to my mind, the chairman of the NAACP. I remember the night of April 2, 2004, when Bond told us a little story of his life. I remember looking him in the eyes and coming up with the nerve to actually ask him a question. I had the opportunity to see such a prominent figure in civil rights in person, and I showed myself how much I have grown lately by actually going to the microphone and asking Julian Bond a question regarding a topic that he has lived through....   [tags: Julian Bond Speech Presentation Segregation] 1442 words
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Shirley Jackson - Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson, a writer of horror and humour, was born on December 14th, 1916 and passed away during the summer of 1965. Her first novel, “The Road Through the Wall” (1948) was set in the same suburb she spent her early years; Burlingame, San Francisco, California. In 1934 her family moved to Rochester, New York. She dropped out of the University of Rochester and three years later, Jackson enrolled into Syracuse, University where she met husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. As an editorial assistant for The New Republic he helped her publish “My Life with R.H Macy” (1941) as her first nationally published story....   [tags: Biography Biographies Bio] 1432 words
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Susan Cooper - Susan Cooper has been writing for over 30 years. In this time she has written numerous newspaper articles, books for children and adults, screenplays for TV, the cinema and a Broadway play. As a writer she is hard to classify, what is universally accepted is that she is a writer with extraordinary gifts. Born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England in May 1935, Susan Cooper attended Slough High School before going up to Oxford University. At Somerville College she read English. During her time at Oxford she was the first woman ever to edit the University magazine, Cherwell....   [tags: Writer Biography Cooper Author] 1304 words
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Lord Of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of too much power is summed up by Lord Acton when he once said, "Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely." In Tolkien's first book of his fantasy based trilogy, Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Rings tells a story of a quest to destroy a powerful ring throughout Tolkien's created "Middle Earth". This quest was headed by a "Hobbit" named Frodo Baggins who, in the end, becomes corrupted by power himself. This corruption begins when Frodo uses his ring to become invisible over and over again to escape certain situations....   [tags: Book Summary Review Tolkien] 1520 words
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Comparing "The wolf and the goat" and "The wolf and the three kittens" - What is common in the tales of different peoples. And how do they differ. I have had many questions and wanted to find the answers. My research is devoted to analysis and comparison of the two tales about animals - Russian folk tale "The wolf and the goat" and the English folk tale "The wolf and the three kittens." Comparing Russian and English folk tales about animals began with an introduction to the history of fairy tales: the definition of the genre, the collection and study of fairy tales, with their classification....   [tags: compare, contrast] 1376 words
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The Tale of Robin Hood - ... In his “study of the English outlaw…not one of the many attempts to identify a historic Robin Hood in the period before 1300 carries conviction…the historic Robin Hood flourished during the reigns of Richard I and John” (14). Robin Hood’s adventures that are still being told today are from the time period of the reign of Richard I and his reagent brother John. While King Richard I went on a crusade, his brother John became his reagent and this is when the corrupt law begins. Sir Robin of Locksley, or Robin Hood, is thrown out of his home and takes to Sherwood Forest with his bandits....   [tags: Analysis, Sherwood Forest] 2672 words
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Canterbury Tales Essay: Importance of the Tale of Wife of Bath - Importance of the Tale of Wife of Bath Some critiques of Wife of Bath make the claim that the Tale is an anti-climax after the robust presentation of the Prologue. Certainly, the prologue of Wife of Bath is robust. With its unstoppable vitality, strong language ("queynte" etc.) and homely, vigorous vocabulary (eg. the references to "barley-brede" and mice), it is the Wife's personality -- certainly an extremely robust one -- that dominates. There is a certain brash energy to the whole of the Prologue, whether because of the forcefulness with which the Wife presents her arguments against the antifeminists (eg....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays] 848 words
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Miranda in Jennifer Johnston's Fool’s Sanctuary - The Irish Psyche as Portrayed through Miranda in Jennifer Johnston's Fool’s Sanctuary In her novel Fool’s Sanctuary, Jennifer Johnston reflects on the Irish psyche and gives an insight into some of the factors that appear to create such a unique culture. This aspect of the novel is explored particularly through the novel’s protagonist, Miranda. She acts like a symbol, the embodiment of the typical Irish person. Miranda’s characteristics, attitudes and values are shaped by the influences of her country, therefore reflecting possibilities that typically set the Irish people apart....   [tags: Jennifer Johnston Fool’s Sanctuary Essays]
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Dark Prejudice in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - Prejudice in Heart of Darkness     Slavery has been with us since the Egyptian times and with it prejudice towards certain humans have also come about. In Conrad's Heart of Darkness these prejudice feelings are reflected throughout the story by the characters and their descriptions. The main character, Marlow shows much prejudice feelings towards the native black slaves by much of his descriptions and actions towards them.   One of the most noticeable prejudice descriptions that Marlow gives to us is in the way in which Marlow describes the Themes River in two different positions....   [tags: HOD Joseph Conrad Racism] 778 words
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Literacy in Song of Solomon, Life of Frederick Douglass, Push and Slave Narratives - Exploration of Language and Literacy in Song of Solomon, Life of Frederick Douglass, Push and Slave Narratives        African-Americans have been contributing to American literature for hundreds of years. From Gustavus Vassa, or Olaudah Equiano, in 1789 to Sapphire in 1996, writers have been telling their stories. The influence of minority writers and speakers on literature, literacy, and language is certainly notable.   First of all, black American literature helps "others" hear the minority voice and vicariously share the minority experience....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Carson McCullers - Exploring the Depths of the Human Heart - Carson McCullers  - Exploring the Depths of the Human Heart       "With poignant insight and compassion Carson McCullers (1917-1967) wrote of human loneliness, unfulfilled love, and the frailty of the human heart."   Of all the characters in the work of Carson McCullers, the one who seemed to her family and friends to be most like the author herself was Frankie Addams: the vulnerable, exasperating, and endearing adolescent of The Member of the Wedding who was looking for the "we of me." However, Carson once said that was, or became in the process of writing, all the characters in her work....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Robert Penn Warren: Distinguished American Writer and Poet - Robert Penn Warren: Distinguished American Writer and Poet Robert Penn Warren, born in Guthrie, Kentucky in 1905, was one of the twentieth century's most eminent American writers. He was a distinguished novelist and poet, literary critic, essayist, short story writer, and coeditor of numerous textbooks. He was also a founding editor of The Southern Review, a journal of literary criticism and political thought. The primary influences on Robert Warren's career as a poet were probably his Kentucky boyhood, and his relationships with his father and his maternal grandfather....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1017 words
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An In-Depth Analysis of Fairy Tales - More Than “Kiddy” Stuff: An In Depth Look At Fairy Tales. Esteemed German poet Johann Schiller insists, “Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life" (“Fairy” 1). Fairy tales are unique because they focus all which is moral and corrupt into a short, compact story. The story directly arrives to the plot leaving nothing to ponder. From there, fairy tales branch out and explore each superior characteristic a person should obtain and their opposites....   [tags: essays research papers] 1135 words
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Brave New World Essay - Ivan Denisovich essay In his 17th century pem, “To Althea from Prison”, Richard Lovelace tells us that “stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.” Thus Lovelace introduces and makes the reader familiar with the paradoxical nature of freedom. This paradox is raised again when comparing two legitimate visions of the modern world: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich vividly describes and allows the reader to live through life in a prison, where an individuals rights are stripped away, and Brave New World introduces the reader to a fantasy world filled with sex, drugs, and a total lack of inhibition and self-reserve....   [tags: essays research papers] 917 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Plot Structure - Show how the plot of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured. “The Merchant of Venice is a fairy tale. There is no more reality in Shylock’s bond and the Lord of Belmont’s will than in Jack and the Beanstalk.” H. Granville-Barker, in Prefaces to Shakespeare. This is one way of looking at the play, reading it or enjoying the performance. But it can be a contradiction to our actual feelings about this complex play. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ might appear to be a romantic tale without much logic but that would be a superficial interpretation....   [tags: essays research papers] 1628 words
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The White Hotel - The White Hotel Donald Michael Thomas began his writing career as a poet, and his early work was notable for the way it ranged across the heights of the fantasy worlds of science fiction and of sensuality. Thomas was a superb writer, meticulous researcher, and a genius in deceiving the reader. He skillfully wrote The White Hotel, combining prose, poem, and science fiction, to make it a believable, conceivable, and a touching piece of literature. In his novel, Thomas makes realistic and believable references to Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic theories....   [tags: essays research papers] 2669 words
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Eminem - Eminem In “like Eminem says, why all the fuss?” featured in The Age journalist Shaun Carney defends Eminem and his lyrics. Carny stresses that Eminem winning the category should not be so controversial when Mathers is clearly depicting a role. His contention through out the article is to convince the reader to refrain from reaching to eminem, as a parody. Carny effectively seeks the neutral role during the story. He leans neither way. Carny signifies specific word choice and language devices to shock his audience and to create an underlying sense of non-prejudice, realistic view on society perhaps to open up the views of a small-minded prejudice race....   [tags: essays papers] 698 words
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An Inspector Call - An Inspector Call Responsibility n being responsible; a moral obligation or duty; a charge or trust; a thing one is responsible for. Responsibility is very important in the play, because no body was actually officially fully blamed. So Priestley leaves it up to the audience to decide who is to blame, if anyone. If the so-called Eva Smith really existed, and if the inspector was really. Gerald:"That man wasn't a police officer." (Page 62) Birling:"There you are. Proof positive. The whole story's just a lot of moonshine" (Page 70) At the time Priestley wrote this book there was very large boundaries between the rich and the poor where huge....   [tags: English Literature] 1467 words
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